Bloomberg: Mayoral candidates are ‘depressing’ on crime, and Mississippi living is deadly

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon said that he finds the crime-fighting proposals of those who would like to succeed him "really depressing."

"One of the newspapers had a forum, seven mayoral candidates, asking them specifically come to the forum with ideas as to how you would continue to bring crime down in this city and then the newspaper wrote a description of what each said," said the mayor today at an event in Brooklyn, referring to a Daily News editorial that ran this morning. "It was really depressing. Not one addressed the real issues. Not one had any creative ideas, other than they wanted apple pie and ice cream and not have anybody pay for it. These are the kind of promises that really leave you worried."

"They all seem to want to saddle the police department with additional bureaucracy and duplictative oversight, which would just get in the ways of everything," he continued, referring to a proposal for an NYPD inspector general that even his close ally, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, has embraced. "And here's a police department that has just made New York city, not only the safest big city, it literally is so far safer than any other big city, you can't even measure it."

Separately, he lambasted the state of Mississippi, which recently passed an "anti-Bloomberg" bill forbidding local municipalities from passing laws like the mayor's ban on large servings of sugary soda.

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"It's the most obese state," he said. "It's got a life expectancy five or six years worse than New York City. It's got a murder rate higher, a suicide rate higher, and they're worried about things that we're doing. Where would you rather live, there or here? I mean, think about that."